Traveling alone in a foreign country, with only a level 1 knowledge of their language, was more difficult than I ever thought. I did not put into consideration the lack of English (or even romanized) signs, much less English speaking people. But this adventure opened my eyes to a whole new side of South Korea, and helped me get to know this small country a little better.
Traveling to South Korea was a high school dream, one that I realized while re-watching Princess Hours for the nth time through a borrowed DVD. Coming from a very practical family - who rarely went out of the realms of Cavite and Batangas, or spent on anything beyond what was really necessary - traveling was... Continue Reading →
While there are tons of things to do around Seoul during the day, it is always the nights that I look forward to – beautiful, magical, and ironically in this busy city, peaceful. Everything slows down as the lights color the night and drown your mind with bliss.
It was really a pity we didn't get to spend as much time as we wanted in Seoul Forest. At that time I badly wished we didn't lose all that time getting lost. One day I hope I could come back with a mat, a basket full of food, and a good book. I wish one day I could return to Seoul and spend a whole day doing nothing, not feeling the need to hurry, because I have a lot of time. I would need a full month for that kind of 'vacation.' One day.
As hardcore as you probably think I am, I am not. I know friends who can marathon a Korean drama in one weekend, while I could barely finish 16 episodes in a month. Surprise, surprise! But there are a couple of recent dramas that I really loved, and my sister and I thought we owe... Continue Reading →
Day trip from Seoul? Nami Island is almost always the answer. It is indeed beautiful, an iconic filming site for many dramas and movies, and is often crowded with tourists. But do you know that getting off the train just a few stations from Gapyeong (the gateway to Nami) would bring you to a whole... Continue Reading →
Wherever I go, I like looking at the place from above - a tower, a lighthouse, a mountain. Being high up gives you a better perspective, reminds you how very little you are in this big world. In Busan, there is Geumjeongsan, an 800-meter mountain fortress. On our third visit to South Korea, my friend... Continue Reading →
My fascination for trains and railways brought us to Bangkok's Thonburi Station at 7:35AM, with 15 minutes to spare before our train leaves. It was an ungodly hour for my night-wired brain, but we couldn't miss the first trip to Kanchanaburi. Otherwise we would have to spend the night there, and we really only had a... Continue Reading →